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Chris Edwards, Head of College at UWCSEA in Singapore discusses why we have no choice but to inspire change, every day.
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 

On why we have no choice
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Leadership, Opinion, UWC
On why we have no choice 
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Leadership, Opinion, UWC
The evolution of a student-led sustainability initiative 
Nathan Hunt
Director of Sustainability

Nathan Hunt is Director of Sustainability at UWCSEA, a post recently created to help align to the College's Learning Programme and operations more closely with the UWC mission. Alongside this, he is the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator on Dover Campus and teaches the IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies course.

Until 2016 Nathan was Head of the IB Theory of Knowledge course at Dover Campus.


Sustainability
Understanding the impact of Outdoor Education at UWCSEA 
Dr Christopher Wolsko
Associate Professor of Psychology Oregon State University - Cascades
Christopher Wolsko Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University –Cascades, in Bend. Prior to his position with OSU, he served on the faculty of the University of Oregon, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Ohio State University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Social Psychology. After spending the early part of his career studying issues of stereotyping and prejudice, Dr. Wolsko has focused on the sociocultural construction of mental and behavioral health, and on research questions central to ecopsychology – especially as they stem from understanding complex cultural patterns of connection and disconnection between humans and the non-human animate world.

Credentials
Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. Social Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 
Courses
Social
Cultural
Personality
Conservation
Religion & Spirituality
Stereotyping & Prejudice
Advanced Social Research Methods

Research
Ecopsychology
Self, identity, and social comparison
Stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations
Sociocultural construction of mental and behavioral health

Dr Michael Gassner
Program Lead - Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, Oregon State University Cascades; Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Michael Gassner is a Senior Instructor and the Program Lead of the Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (TOL) programme at Oregon State University-Cascades and Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong KongHe teaches courses in outdoor and adventure education, experiential education, and risk management.  He has been involved with outdoor adventure education programs for over 15 years and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Sabah, East Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as travelled extensively in Asia and Southeast Asia.

The TOL program partners with UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore to provide research and internship opportunities for TOL students. UWCSEA is participating in a seven-year study to evaluate the outdoor education program's impact on overall student learning and development. The study is being conducted in partnership with faculty researchers Dr. Christopher Wolsko, also at Oregon State University-Cascades.

He has a Ph.D. in Education (Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies) with an emphasis in outdoor education and a minor in international education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.


Holistic Learning Programme, Research
A Science example from our K-12 concept-based curriculum 
Carla Marschall
Head of Curriculum Development and Research

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017, taking on the Dover Campus post of Head of Curriculum Development and Research in addition to her role as Vice Principal. In August 2018, she moved to the full-time position of Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the College as a whole. Prior to this appointment, she held the role of Assistant Head of Infants at another large international school in Singapore. Carla came to Singapore from Zurich, Switzerland, where she oversaw curriculum development and implementation from Pre-K to Grade 8. Prior to living in Switzerland, she worked in Hong Kong and in Berlin, Germany as a PYP Coordinator and Primary Vice Principal.

Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has recently finished a second Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the Institute of Education, University of London. Passionate about curriculum design for young children, she is especially interested in the role of the curriculum to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. A workshop leader and concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer, she also consults other international schools interested in restructuring their programmes.

In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, yoga and other outdoor activities. Together with her partner David, she has one young son who keeps them busy.


Holistic Learning Programme, Research, Teaching and Learning, UWC
UWCSEA supports transformational education for refugee youth 
Courtney Carlson
Senior Communications Manager

Courtney joined UWCSEA in 2012 and served as Communications and Marketing Manager on East Campus until 2018, when she moved into the cross-campus role of Senior Communicatoins Manager. A communications, marketing, and programme management professional with extensive experience in non-profit and education management, Courtney has always been drawn to mission-driven organisations and the College is no exception. She enjoys writing, sharing and amplifying stories about the amazing work of the UWCSEA community and the UWC movement to educate for peace and a sustainable future.


Professional Development, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWC
Dover Campus Gymnastics Centre 
Faé Gesmundo
Gymnastics Coach
Molly Fassbender
Communications and Marketing Executive

Holistic Learning Programme, School Infrastructure
Preparing for a sustainable future 
Chris Edwards
Head of College

Chris Edwards, Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Leadership, Opinion, Sustainability, UWC
Learning in 21C beyond the ticks and crosses 
Andy Denney
Former Head of High School EAL, UWCSEA Dover

Andy has taught EAL, English, TOK, and Japanese in Japan, UK, Indonesia, Europe, and Singapore. He was Head of High School EAL at UWCSEA Dover until June 2018. He also had a life before becoming a teacher...


Opinion, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning
East Campus Music Recording Studio 
Courtney Carlson
Senior Communications Manager

Courtney joined UWCSEA in 2012 and served as Communications and Marketing Manager on East Campus until 2018, when she moved into the cross-campus role of Senior Communicatoins Manager. A communications, marketing, and programme management professional with extensive experience in non-profit and education management, Courtney has always been drawn to mission-driven organisations and the College is no exception. She enjoys writing, sharing and amplifying stories about the amazing work of the UWCSEA community and the UWC movement to educate for peace and a sustainable future.

Mark Bradshaw
Former Head of Music

Mark Bradshaw was the founding Head of Music at the UWCSEA East Campus, moving to UWCSEA from Tanglin Trust School where he had reviouly fulfilled a similar role. Mark moved to Singapore following a stint at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa (WK UWCSA) - where he has now returned to head the Music Department.


School Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning, Technology
The benefits of balanced screen time 
Andrew McCarthy
Assistant Director of Learning Technologies, UWCSEA

Andrew joined UWCSEA in 2011 as a Digital Literacy Coach and has held the post of Assistant Director of Learning Technologies since 2014.

Andrew has Bachelor's degrees in Geography and Economics and postgraduate teaching qualifications from Victoria University of Wellington. He recently completed a Masters degree in Education from Monash University in Melbourne, focused on Leadership, Policy and Change.

Originally from New Zealand, Andrew has taught in both Wellington and Singapore in a variety of roles. He has been a Head of Department, Outdoor Education coordinator, and a leader of staff professional development. In recent years he has been an IB examiner for Economics, and a workshop leader in using technology to enhance learning and assessment.

Andrew teaches High School Economics and is a classroom practitioner at heart; he enjoys the outdoors, running and adventures back home in New Zealand. His wife Rachel also teaches in Singapore and they have three boys, the eldest of whom started K1 at UWCSEA in 2015.


Technology
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